LaLiga News: Musiala or Bellingham are more deserving of the Copa Trophy than Gavi, says Nagelsmann

    Bayern Munich head coach Julian Nagelsmann believes either Jamal Musiala or Jude Bellingham should have beaten Gavi to win the Copa Trophy at the Ballon d’Or ceremony on Monday.

    The award, given to the best player in the world under 21, went to the Barcelona midfielder for the second year in a row, as Gavi repeated Pedri’s success in 2021.

    Bundesliga duo Musiala and Bellingham were both in contention for the trophy, finishing third and fourth respectively in the voting, with Real Madrid’s Eduardo Camavinga coming in second.

    Asked about Musiala’s failure to receive the award ahead of Bayern’s trip to Augsburg for the German Cup, Nagelsmann said: “You wear club glasses.

    “In my opinion, both Jamal Musiala and Jude Bellingham had better seasons than the winner. Gavi is an outstanding player and I’m happy for him too.”

    No Bayern player has surpassed Musiala’s five league goals this season (tied with Sadio Mane and Leroy Sane).

    Meanwhile, Borussia Dortmund midfielder Bellingham last week, following Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland, became the third teenager to score in four consecutive Champions League matches.

    Bayern’s attention is now on the DFB-Pokal, which they last won in 2020.

    Their drive to go beyond the second round this season could be hampered by the absence of Manuel Neuer, but Nagelsmann is not willing to take the risk with a shoulder injury.

    “This is not a conscious pause. Everything that is in the shoulder area is unprofitable for the goalkeeper, ”the coach explained. “If you are in acute pain, you cannot respond.

    “He has pain when moving, and therefore he is limited. As a goalkeeper, then it is impossible to achieve 100 percent performance, so it does not make sense. [to play Neuer]. It would be easier with a field player.

    “We do everything necessary with the care of the players. We do our best to prevent this and consult all possible values. Rhythm is what it is. It’s annoying when players get out of action and get injured.”

    Nagelsmann also spoke about the condition of Lucas Hernandez, who he hopes will recover from a muscle tear before the start of the World Cup next month.

    “Looks better. We make a little more out of him,” Nagelsmann said of the defender. “We must be patient. I can’t say how long it will take.

    “Things haven’t looked good lately. It’s progressing, but it’s a severe injury. I hope he can play in the World Cup.”

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